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Daily Minyan – July 18, 2009

On this date in 1970, Hall of Famer Willie Mays recorded

his 3,000th hit by singling against Expos pitcher Mike

Wegener.   He finished his career with 3,283 hits.


He was the first member of the 3,000 Hit Club to record

his 3,000 hit on the West Coast and the landmark hit

came just two months after fellow slugger Hank Aaron had

joined the Club.


Below is a brief summary of the game in which he

achieved this feat and the box score of the game.




Let’s see who in the Minyan made progress towards their

3,000th hit!



Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers loss to the Astros on Friday.


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Brauny went 1-for-3, hit his 20th double of the year and was hit by a pitch from Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning of the Reds’ 4-0 win Friday night. The ball hit Brauny in the left forearm and deflected across his hands, catching his right thumb. X-rays on Saturday found no fracture.  He was replaced in the field late in the game by Frank Catalanotto. His average held steady at .310.


Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig earned his second win of the year and his career by pitching 2/3 of a scoreless inning in the A’s win over the Angels on Friday. He recorded two outs, one each in the sixth and seventh, for his first win since the A’s claimed him off waivers from Minnesota on May 20.  He lowered his ERA to 4.37. 

Craig has earned a Chai 5 and a pastrami sandwich for his effort!




Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers loss to the Twins on Friday.


John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the Pirates 14-inning 2-1 victory over Giants on Friday.  He lowered his ERA to 3.24.


Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays 1-run win over the Royals on Friday.


Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5, scored a run on Josh Hamilton’s 1st inning homer and stole his 19th base of the year in the Rangers loss to the Twins on Friday. He also took part in 4 double plays!!  The Rangers lead the majors in double plays with 104. His average is now at .249.


Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Padres on Friday.


Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox

Aaron didn’t pitch in the Chisox win over my O’s on Friday.


Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott pitched 2/3 of an inning with mixed results against the Cardinals in the D-backs loss on Friday.  Although he recorded both of his outs on strikeouts, he walked two batters (with one of them being an intentional walk to Albert Pujols), gave up a hit and was charged with 2 earned runs.  His ERA rose to 6.32.  Ouch.


Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 1-for-3 on Friday against the Blue Jays, with his lone hit being a 2-run homer (#17) in the first inning.  In a big surprise, he also walked and then scored on a Big Papi double in the 5th inning.  Ergo, Youk was instrumental in 3 of the Sawx 4 runs in their 4-1 victory.   He raised his average to .299.



Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Youk



Daily Minyan – All Star Game Recap

Hey, where have I been?  You might ask.  I’ve been here, not on vacation or travel, but my quality time to devote to this blog has been fleeting of late.  So, after some time away, I’m back with my All Star game update!

As you know, three members of the minyan were on All Star teams: Youk in the AL, and Brauny and the Marquis in the NL (I’m going with nicknames right now).  However, my man Ian

got royally dissed (you know what word I really want to say, but this a family blog!).  Not only did Pedroia somehow beat him out for the starting spot, but he was edged by Brandon (no HR in the HR Derby!) Inge for the Final Man slot.  I actively campaigned for Ian on both Facebook and Twitter as did my friend Jen of AJRoxmywhitesox  http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com/.  However, there appeared to be an alliance with the Shane Victorino voters to vote for both, thus Ian got dissed once again.   And Joe Madden was no friend of this blog either, due to the fact that he picked Ben Zobrist (he of the stupid Zorilla nickname) as a sub when Pedroia had to back out due to family health issues.  Maybe Cliff of  Rays Renegade http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com/ can shed some light on the dim-witted decision by Joe Maddon, because I sure can’t!!


Darn, I could have had a V8 or picked Ian!


Anyway, I promised an update, so how did our boychiks do in the big game?


Brauny, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Brauny was in the starting lineup for the NL and batted cleanup!!! 


You heard that right, Ryan Braun batted cleanup!!!  Not Triple Crown Candidate Albert Pujols

 or slugger Raul Ibanez,


but our guy Brauny!!!  Somewhere in heaven, Hank Greenberg must be kvelling!!!


Brauny flied out to deep center in the 2nd inning and ground out to short in the 3rd, while fielding his position flawlessly. 


Brauny, congratulating teammate Prince Fielder on winning the HR Derby


The Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason participated in all the workouts and the pre-game festivities but was solely a spectator at the game. 




Youk, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk pinch hit for his BoSox teammate, Jonathon Papelbon in the 8th inning and singled into center.  



Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  YOUK!!


Check out the unique batting stance and grip!


Daily Minyan – All Star Game Edition

I’d like to congratulate three members of the Minyan on being

selected to the 2009 MLB All Star Game:  Ryan Braun, Kevin

Youkilis and Jason Marquis. 




Ryan was selected as a starter by the fans, receiving the

highest vote total amongst ALL MLB outfielders!!!!  A huge

Chai 5 for the Hebrew Hammer!!! 


Youk had been leading the voting for AL 1B for most of the

Spring but was in a tight battle with Mark Teixeira, who

unfortunately beat him by 239,144 votes. 

Youk is thrilled by his selection!!


Youk, deservingly, was selected to the team by Tampa Bay

Rays manager Joe Maddon, who is an idiot (see below). 


Rockies starter, Jason Marquis, who is leading the NL in

wins with 10  11, was selected to the NL team by Philadelphia

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.


However, I have a HUGE shankbone to pick with Ian Kinsler

being left off the team!! 


Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers poses during photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 24, 2009 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ian Kinsler


Ian was the leading vote getter amongst AL second basemen

all the way up to the final vote, then somehow, scruffy Dustin

Pedroia, beat him out by a measely 73,086 votes!!!! 


Dustin at the plate


So who does Joe Maddon pick??  His own guy, Ben

Zobrist!!!!  Who, you might ask?? 



Zobrist getting attacked by the batting cage.


Exactly is what I say!!!  What a low blow!!!  I now have lost

all respect for him.  Not picking Ian so that his own guy is on

the team??  Please!!! 


He must have had WAYYYYYYYYYYY too much of that

wine he likes when making that choice



 or Zobrist must have something on him!!!



Below are the total votes received and the resulting rosters. 

I’ll leave it to you, my loyal readers, to determine whether

these rosters are fair or not.  You already heard my opinion

about Ian.  So please go to http://mlb.mlb.com/index.jsp and

cast your votes for Ian!!!

2009 All-Star Vote Tallies
American League
First Basemen
1 Mark Teixeira, Yankees 3,309,050
2 Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox 3,069,906
3 Justin Morneau, Twins 2,186,567
4 Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 1,447,125
5 Chris Davis, Rangers 1,145,037
6 Carlos Pena, Rays 1,083,447
7 Russell Branyan, Mariners 586,020
8 Lyle Overbay, Blue Jays 473,248
Second Basemen
1 Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 3,404,384
2 Ian Kinsler, Rangers 3,331,298
3 Robinson Cano, Yankees 2,115,056
4 Aaron Hill, Blue Jays 1,233,710
5 Placido Polanco, Tigers 1,032,428
6 Brian Roberts, Orioles 779,159
7 Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians 511,542
8 Akinori Iwamura, Rays 474,552
1 Derek Jeter, Yankees 4,851,889
2 Jason Bartlett, Rays 2,098,422
3 Elvis Andrus, Rangers 1,586,224
4 Marco Scutaro, Blue Jays 1,064,344
5 Jed Lowrie, Red Sox 933,876
6 Adam Everett, Tigers 603,488
7 Alexei Ramirez, White Sox 602,329
8 Nick Punto, Twins 566,629
Third Basemen
1 Evan Longoria, Rays 4,315,210
2 Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 2,350,496
3 Mike Lowell, Red Sox 1,759,195
4 Michael Young, Rangers 1,741,982
5 Brandon Inge, Tigers 891,112
6 Scott Rolen, Blue Jays 850,033
7 Joe Crede, Twins 646,915
8 Chone Figgins, Angels 542,797
1 Jason Bay, Red Sox 4,087,450
2 Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 2,846,069
3 Josh Hamilton, Rangers 2,412,359
4 Torii Hunter, Angels 2,363,481
5 Carl Crawford, Rays 2,253,397
6 Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox 2,250,799
7 Johnny Damon, Yankees 2,012,368
8 J.D. Drew, Red Sox 1,735,703
9 Nelson Cruz, Rangers 1,715,709
10 Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners 1,669,135
11 Adam Jones, Orioles 1,247,826
12 David Murphy, Rangers 1,101,818
13 B.J. Upton, Rays 1,080,662
14 Curtis Granderson, Tigers 1,068,626
15 Nick Markakis, Orioles 1,049,331
16 Brett Gardner, Yankees 1,033,1031
17 Bobby Abreu, Angels 1,024,786
18 Vladimir Guerrero, Angels 916,404
19 Grady Sizemore, Indians 908,434
20 Magglio Ordonez, Tigers 745,379
21 Michael Cuddyer, Twins 717,940
22 Matt Holliday, Athletics 689,018
23 Pat Burrell, Rays 678,426
24 Jermaine Dye, White Sox 656,536
1 Joe Mauer, Twins 4,335,739
2 Jason Varitek, Red Sox 2,225,630
3 Jorge Posada, Yankees 1,916,436
4 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Rangers 1,497,588
5 Victor Martinez, Indians 1,087,761
6 Dioner Navarro, Rays 569,785
7 Rod Barajas, Blue Jays 545,735
8 Gerald Laird, Tigers 527,388
National League
First Basemen
1 Albert Pujols, Cardinals 5,397,734
2 Prince Fielder, Brewers 2,118,947
3 Ryan Howard, Phillies 2,059,760
4 Adrian Gonzalez, Padres 1,504,979
5 Lance Berkman, Astros 922,870
6 James Loney, Dodgers 622,482
7 Carlos Delgado, Mets 567,956
8 Derrek Lee, Cubs 542,371
Second Basemen
1 Chase Utley, Phillies 5,027,029
2 Orlando Hudson, Dodgers 1,703,710
3 Rickie Weeks, Brewers 1,355,204
4 Skip Schumaker, Cardinals 1,191,954
5 Dan Uggla, Marlins 893,916
6 Luis Castillo, Mets 729,780
7 David Eckstein, Padres 727,585
8 Kazuo Matsui, Astros 658,523
1 Hanley Ramirez, Marlins 3,218,917
2 Jimmy Rollins, Phillies 2,246,792
3 J.J. Hardy, Brewers 1,857,288
4 Miguel Tejada, Astros 1,415,539
5 Jose Reyes, Mets 1,114,295
6 Khalil Greene, Cardinals 819,412
7 Rafael Furcal, Dodgers 811,340
8 Ryan Theriot, Cubs 718,058
Third Basemen
1 David Wright, Mets 3,100,863
2 Chipper Jones, Braves 2,035,936
3 Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals 1,681,239
4 Bill Hall, Brewers 1,403,589
5 Pedro Feliz, Phillies 1,380,058
6 Casey Blake, Dodgers 972,763
7 Aramis Ramirez, Cubs 878,993
8 Pablo Sandoval, Giants 758,334
1 Ryan Braun, Brewers 4,138,559
2 Raul Ibanez, Phillies 4,053,355
3 Carlos Beltran, Mets 2,812,295
4 Alfonso Soriano, Cubs 2,692,994
5 Shane Victorino, Phillies 2,123,079
6 Mike Cameron, Brewers 2,018,879
7 Manny Ramirez, Dodgers 1,739,736
8 Corey Hart, Brewers 1,683,452
9 Rick Ankiel, Cardinals 1,632,113
10 Jayson Werth, Phillies 1,542,347
11 Ryan Ludwick, Cardinals 1,427,898
12 Justin Upton, Diamondbacks 1,282,501
13 Adam Dunn, Nationals 1,220,758
14 Matt Kemp, Dodgers 1,145,428
15 Andre Ethier, Dodgers 1,133,863
16 Carlos Lee, Astros 989,889
17 Chris Duncan, Cardinals 886,223
18 Brad Hawpe, Rockies 868,980
19 Hunter Pence, Astros 857,223
20 Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs 828,796
21 Nate McLouth, Pirates/Braves 777,613
22 Garret Anderson, Braves 723,537
23 Milton Bradley, Cubs 695,729
24 Jeff Francoeur, Braves 635,818
1 Yadier Molina, Cardinals 2,641,467
2 Brian McCann, Braves 2,375,808
3 Ivan Rodriguez, Astros 1,810,308
4 Jason Kendall, Brewers 1,752,062
5 Bengie Molina, Giants 1,729,471
6 Carlos Ruiz, Phillies 1,417,906
7 Russell Martin, Dodgers 1,172,618
8 Geovany Soto, Cubs 756,900

All-Star Game rosters


STARTERS (elected by fans)
C Joe Mauer(notes) L Twins
1B Mark Teixeira(notes) S Yankees
2B Dustin Pedroia(notes) R Red Sox
SS Derek Jeter(notes) R Yankees
3B Evan Longoria(notes) R Rays
OF Jason Bay(notes) R Red Sox
OF Ichiro(notes) Suzuki L Mariners
OF Josh Hamilton(notes) L Rangers
Players’ selections Throws  
P Josh Beckett(notes) R Red Sox
P Zack Greinke(notes) R Royals
P Roy Halladay(notes) R Blue Jays
P Edwin Jackson(notes) R Tigers
P Joe Nathan(notes) R Twins
P Jonathan Papelbon(notes) R Red Sox
P Mariano Rivera(notes) R Yankees
P Justin Verlander(notes) R Tigers
Manager’s selections
P Andrew Bailey(notes) R Athletics
P Mark Buehrle(notes) L White Sox
P Brian Fuentes(notes) L Angels
P Felix Hernandez(notes) R Mariners
P Tim Wakefield(notes) R Red Sox
Players’ selections Bats  
C Victor Martinez(notes) S Indians
1B Justin Morneau(notes) L Twins
2B Aaron Hill(notes) R Blue Jays
SS Jason Bartlett(notes) R Rays
3B Michael Young(notes) R Rangers
OF Carl Crawford(notes) L Rays
OF Curtis Granderson(notes) L Tigers
OF Torii Hunter(notes) R Angels
Manager’s selections
1B Kevin Youkilis(notes) R Red Sox
OF Adam Jones(notes) R Orioles
OF Ben Zobrist(notes) S Rays
(one selected by Internet voting)
OF Adam Lind(notes) L Blue Jays
2B Ian Kinsler(notes) R Rangers
3B Chone Figgins(notes) S Angels
1B Carlos Pena(notes) L Rays
3B Brandon Inge(notes) R Tigers


STARTERS (elected by fans)
C Yadier Molina(notes) R Cardinals
1B Albert Pujols(notes) R Cardinals
2B Chase Utley(notes) L Phillies
SS Hanley Ramirez(notes) R Marlins
3B David Wright(notes) R Mets
OF Carlos Beltran(notes) S Mets
OF Ryan Braun R Brewers
OF Raul Ibanez(notes) L Phillies
Players’ selections Throws  
P Heath Bell(notes) R Padres
P Chad Billingsley(notes) R Dodgers
P Jonathan Broxton(notes) R Dodgers
P Matt Cain(notes) R Giants
P Josh Johnson(notes) R Marlins
P Tim Lincecum(notes) R Giants
P Francisco Rodriguez(notes) R Mets
P Johan Santana(notes) L Mets
Manager’s selections
P Francisco Cordero(notes) R Reds
P Ryan Franklin(notes) R Cardinals
P Dan Haren(notes) R D’Backs
P Ted Lilly(notes) L Cubs
P Jason Marquis(notes) R Rockies
Players’ selections Bats  
C Brian McCann(notes) L Braves
1B Adrian Gonzalez(notes) L Padres
2B Orlando Hudson(notes) S Dodgers
SS Miguel Tejada(notes) R Astros
3B Ryan Zimmerman(notes) R Nationals
OF Brad Hawpe(notes) L Rockies
OF Hunter Pence(notes) R Astros
OF Justin Upton(notes) R D’Backs
Manager’s selections
1B Prince Fielder(notes) L Brewers
1B Ryan Howard(notes) L Phillies
2B Freddy Sanchez(notes) R Pirates
(one selected by Internet voting)
3B Mark Reynolds(notes) R D’Backs
OF Matt Kemp(notes) R Dodgers
OF Shane Victorino(notes) S Phillies
3B Pablo Sandoval(notes) S Giants
SS Cristian Guzman(notes) S Nationals

Daily Minyan – June 24, 2009

On this date in 1947 – The Dodgers win 4-2

over the Pirates as Jackie Robinson swipes

home for the first of 19 times in his career.



I’m pretty sure that none of these guys have ever stolen

home, but I wouldn’t put it past Ian Kinsler to accomplish it. 

Let’s see how they did on Tuesday, June 23.  


Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers victory over the Chisox


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-3 and walked twice in the Brewers loss to

the Twins.  He lowered his average to .316.


Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s loss to their cross-Bay rivals, the



Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers loss to the D-Backs                 


John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Indians.   


Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 1-for-3, hit his 10th double of the year and walked

in the Rays loss to the Phillies. Gabe raised his batting

average to .240.   


Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5 and drove in a run (#49) in the

Rangers loss to the D-Backs. He also took part in

one double play.  His average fell to .266.


Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies loss to the Angels 


Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox

Aaron pitched a scoreless 9th inning in the ChiSox loss to the

Dodgers, giving up 2 hits and striking out 1.  His ERA remains

a perfect 0.00.

Aaron deserves a bagel and lox for his continued excellence.



Oy vey, that looks tasty!!


Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch in the D-Backs win over the Rangers.  


Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 2-for-5, hit his 17th double of the

year, drove in 2 runs, scored 2 runs and of

course, he walked in the BoSox victory over the

Nats.  He raised his average

to .318.



Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Kevin Youkilis




Daily Minyan – June 22, 2009

On this day in 1909, Harry Rosenberg was born in San

Francisco, CA  

  • Debut July 15, 1930


  • Final Game September 20, 1930


  • Born June 22, 1909 in San Francisco, CA


  • Died April 13, 1997 in San Mateo, CA


While working as a shovel operator in San Francisco, in 1930,

he tried out for the San Francisco Missions and made the

club, continuing to work his job in construction in the



His first year, Rosenberg displayed superb range in center

field and hit .368, sixth in the Pacific Coast League. John

McGraw scouted Harry and was impressed. The New York

Giants purchased Rosenberg’s contract for $35,000-50,000.

He initially refused to sign, unless he got a $5,000 bonus, but

eventually he joined New York without a bonus.


As with other Jewish players signed by McGraw, there was a

lot of publicity in New York, but Rosenberg only played in nine

games and got five at-bats. After walking in his first plate

appearance, he never got another walk or a hit, but he did

score a run.


Rosenberg would not return to the majors. In 1931 he played

for the Newark Bears, hitting .284, then with the Bridgeport

Bees (.329) and the Indianapolis Indians (.330) to complete a

busy year. In 1932, Rosenberg hit .318 for the Indians,

then .281 the next season. He also appeared for the Fort

Worth Cats (.325) in ’33. With Indianapolis full-time in 1934,

Harry batted .329. He returned to the PCL to stay in 1935

when he signed with the Sacramento Solons and posted

a .354 average, around 8th in the league. Back with the

Missions in ’36 and ’37, Harry hit .334 and .330; he was

fourth in the Coast League in the latter campaign.


In 1938, Rosenberg hit .320 for the Portland Beavers, then

followed that with years of .331 and .314 for the club. Moving

to the Hollywood Stars in 1941, Harry had a .286 average,

his first full season with a team in which he hit under .300.

After not playing in 1942, he finished his career by

batting .362 for the 1943 San Francisco Seals.


I’m pretty sure that these guys will have a longer career than

Harry, so let’s see how they did on Sunday, June 21.  


Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and 2 sacrifice bunts in the

Dodgers victory over the Angels.  He lowered his average

to .302. 


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan had a rare bad day at the plate went 0-for-4 in the

Brewers loss to the Tigers and lowered his average to .320.


Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 2/3 of an inning but allowed a single to Tony

Gwynn, Jr., who scored on Kevin Kouzmanoff’s 2-run homer

in the 8th inning of the the A’s loss to Padres. He raised

his ERA to 4.72.


Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers loss to the Giants                 


John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Rockies.   


Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe entered the Rays victory against the Mets as a pinch

hitter for Gabe Gross in the 7th inning and hit a double to

drive in a run and the next inning he hit a sacrifice fly to drive

in another run. Nice work!!  Gabe raised his batting average

to .237.  He also earned a pastrami sandwich from Katz’s


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Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-2, walked twice and was doubled

up on first in the Rangers loss to the Giants. His

average is now .267. 


Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Pirates 


Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox

Aaron didn’t pitch in the ChiSox win over the Reds.


Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott pitched to one Mariners’s batter, 1B Mike Carp, who

got a hit and came around to score later in the inning, but of

course he was charged with the earned run because that is

how baseball works. Thus, his ERA rose to 3.75   


Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk, playing third, went 1-for-4, singled,

reached on an error, scored a run and was

caught stealing in the BoSox victory over the

Braves.  He lowered his average to .316.



Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Gabe Kapler





Daily Minyan – June 19, 2009

This was the last day of school for my kids, so I

know they were very happy!!




Let’s see who was happy based on their performance last



Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers 1-run victory over the A’s on



Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers had an off day last Thursday.  


Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched a scoreless inning on Thursday the A’s loss to

the Dodgers. He walked one and struck out one and lowered

his ERA to 4.62.


Craig earned a Chai 5 for his inning of work!


Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers loss to the Astros on



John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Twins on



Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays loss to the Rockies on



Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-4, Thursday against the Astros and saw his average fall to .267. 


Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Rays on



Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch in the D-Backs win over the Royals on



Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk accounted for the BoSox only hit and the

only run in Thursday’s rain-shortened 2-1 loss

to the Marlins.  He went 1-for-2, and smacked a

solo homer (#12) in the first inning against

Ricky Nolasco.  He raised his average  to .324.


Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Kevin Youkilis





Daily Minyan – June 17, 2009

In looking at the boxscores from June 17, I saw

that Scott Schoeneweis was listed as pitching,

but somehow I missed the fact that he returned

on June 9!!!  Please join me in welcoming him




Here is the complete text of an AP article about his return.


Schoeneweis returns to Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP)–Pitcher Scott Schoeneweis returned to the Arizona

Diamondbacks’ active roster on Tuesday, 21 days after the death of his wife.

The club reinstated the lefty reliever from the restricted list and optioned

another left-hander, Daniel Schlereth, to Double-A Mobile in a corresponding



Schoeneweis said he felt it was time to return to work after spending the last

three weeks tending to the couple’s four children and handling other matters.


“The family’s good, and it’s time for daddy to go back to work,” Schoeneweis

said before the Diamondbacks played host to the San Francisco Giants.


Authorities have not determined a cause of death for Gabrielle Schoeneweis,

39, who was found dead in the couple’s home in suburban Fountain Hills on

May 20.


Schoeneweis said he initially considered sitting out the rest of the season

before deciding he needed to return.


“It’s something that I would feel unfinished for me, personally,” he said. “I think

my wife would want me to play as well.


“I wanted to make sure that my kids were OK, first, obviously,” he said. “They

have been doing well. I had a lot of things to take care of. I needed the time to

get those things taken care of. I kind of put myself on the back burner. It’s been

kind of tough on me recently. I’m running out of things to do. 8:30 at night,

everybody’s asleep.”


Schoeneweis said he’s relying on family and friends to help him care for the

family’s children. He and Gabrielle had three children together, and she also

had a daughter before she married the reliever. The couple celebrated their

10th anniversary in January.


Schoeneweis had visited Chase Field several times since his wife’s death but

had not spoken publicly. He tuned up for his return with bullpen sessions and by

throwing an inning of extending spring training last Friday.


“We’re happy to see him and get him back on our club,” manager A.J. Hinch

said. “Obviously, we still have heavy hearts for him. I know he’s going through a



“As his second family here, we’re certainly thrilled to have him back, and we’ll

provide any support that he needs as his life gets back underway and the

normal schedule that he’s used to in a baseball life,” Hinch said.


Schoeneweis told Hinch that he was available to pitch Tuesday night, when the

Diamondbacks opened a three-game series against the Giants. Schoeneweis

spoke as if he’s looking forward to his work life returning to normal quickly.


“Baseball’s pretty distracting,” Schoeneweis said. “It takes a lot of

concentration and focus, so that’ll be good for me personally. It’ll be emotional,

I’m sure. It’s just different. It’s not the same. But it’s my job and I’m fully

confident that I can get the job done.”


Schoeneweis, acquired from the New York Mets last winter, is 0-0 with a 2.53

ERA in 19 games.



Here is an excerpt from an article about his return to the



LHP Scott Schoeneweis retired the only two batters he faced

Saturday, throwing six strikes on seven pitches, in his first

appearance since his wife, Gabrielle, was found dead of

undetermined cause in the couple’s suburban Phoenix home

on May 20. Schoeneweis, 35, was given a standing ovation

as he left the field but kept his eyes down. “I couldn’t look at

anybody,” Schoeneweis said. “I couldn’t acknowledge the

crowd. I apologize. You know the old saying, ‘There’s no

crying in baseball,’ so I just kept my head down.”


Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers’ extra-inning

victory over the A’s.


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-4 on Tuesday, walked once and

scored once in the Brewers win over the

IndiansHis average fell to .318.


Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched to one batter, 1B James Loney, in

the 8th inning of the A’s extra-inning loss to the

Dodgers on Tuesday and promptly walked him! 

I guess he was rusty since he hadn’t pitched in

3 games.  His ERA remained unchanged at



Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott earned a well-deserved day of rest. 


John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Twins

on Tuesday.  


Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 3-for-4, homered in his 4th straight

game, drove in four runs – which tied a career

high- and fell a double short of the cycle on

Tuesday in the Rays mashing of the Rockies. 

Gabe became the third Ray to homer in four

straight games, joining Jose Canseco (five

straight in 1999)


and Julio Lugo (four in 2003)


He raised his average to .228.  



Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian snapped out of his slump by going 3-for-4 with

two homers.  He also singled and walked and

finished the game with 3 runs scored, 2 RBIs

and raised his average to .268. 


After homering in his first two at-bats on Tuesday, Ian Kinsler had to run out an eighth-inning single.
 Star-Telegram/Ron T. Ennis

Ian, who was 4-for-33 with no RBIs or runs

scored in his previous eight games, put the

Rangers ahead to stay with his fourth leadoff

homer this season. He added another solo shot in

the second off struggling Astros’ left-hander

Wandy Rodriguez.

Ian’s nine career leadoff homers are the most in

Rangers history. This was his fifth multihomer

game, and his third this season.


Manager Ron Washington never considered

taking Kinsler out of the leadoff spot.

“I have confidence in the fact that he’s been there

before and he’ll get out of it,” Washington said. “I

just hope tonight is the night that got him back



Ian gets a Chai 5 shirt and hat combo for his

efforts.  He was narrowly beaten for Macher of the Day by Gabe Kapler’s

big day at Coors!




Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason earned a day of rest. 


Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is back!!!                  


Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 1-for-4, hit his 16th double, scored

and guess what,  he walked again!! 

His average fell to .330.



Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Gabe